Episode 53: Josh Strebel of Page.ly, PressNomics and Matt Report Pro

Just getting back from PressNomics and flipping through my Rolodex of awesome new connections.

Oh and catching up from jet lag — sorry Rebecca. 🙂

If you’re interested in attending PressNomics or learning what it’s all about, check out my review here. Loads of good comments there too. So what’s up in episode 53?

I had a chance to sit down with Josh Strebel founder of Page.ly at the event and chat with him to find out what’s going on in his world. If you’re thinking about starting your own managed hosting WordPress service you’ll want to tune in.

Episode 53: Joshua Strebel of Page.ly and what’s going on at the Matt Report

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PressNomics founder

Josh was super busy at the event so I really appreciate the time he took to share his thoughts with us.

He’s seemingly playing the long game — heck, he was the first in the managed WordPress hosting space so he knows a thing or two about historical trends. I even asked him what happens when 3 managed WordPress hosting providers walk into a bar — you might be surprised with his answer.

But here’s my take away from the event and my time with Josh:

Give back to people however you can and good things will happen. 

In a world of lean startup, MVP and analytics we get blinded by all of this data. We are trained to think our customers are 1’s & 0’s driven by keywords and algorithms.

If you do get a chance to attend his WordPress business conference, you’ll see that’s not the case.

Handshakes, hugs and laughs is what spread around. No mention of partner or white label accounts for his business. Just put out really good stuff and connect people. Which is just amazing and a motto I try to follow.

Matt Report listener survey

If you’re on my newsletter, a while back I pinged you about what your #1 challenge was.

I cover the top 3 in today’s episode and provide some of my own feedback within their respective areas. So here we are a few months later — are these still your #1 challenges?

Have you found a new one? Let us know in the comments below.

Loving what I do here

It’s not a question, it’s a statement.

I met so many awesome people out in Arizona last week that tune in week after week. THANK YOU!

It was great hearing that I’ve connected with so many of you and have helped in some small way or another. I really want to kick things up a notch and create even better content for you. Stuff that you really want every week — heck every day!

Let me know what I can do better around here. A lot of folks asked me if I had been charging for anything and I said no. That’s not to say it hasn’t been on my mind and I would love to introduce a “Pro” version of Matt Report.

I don’t know what it is yet, aside from my 1 on 1 consulting I’ve been doing. A membership or mastermind of sorts is the first logical step — but I don’t want to be just another drop in the bucket. I want to make lasting impressions and provide real return on an investment.

So have any thoughts? Drop me a line.

Guest blogging

Want to publish your WordPress business case study? Contact me.

I’m looking to grow this community of WordPress entrepreneurs and invite you to use this blog as your platform. I chat more about that in today’s episode so give it a listen.

Til next time!


10 responses to “Episode 53: Josh Strebel of Page.ly, PressNomics and Matt Report Pro”

  1. Thanks again Matt. Keep up the great work on this Podcast.

  2. raelenewilsonwrites Avatar

    Great interview with Josh and some awesome insights. Good on him and Sally for organising PressNomics!

    1. Amazing event 🙂 I’ll give the credit to Sally, just don’t tell Josh!

  3. Matt you are just jealous of my ability to stay up late and talk nonstop until all hours of the night. I will train you in time…

    1. Teach me the ways!

  4. As someone who recently quit his day job to pursue becoming a full-time web expert, I have to admit that my fear level is very high. I was encouraged by your message to use and promote the skills I already have, rather than trying to be a one-size-fits-all designer/developer/marketer. You also affirmed that my approach to grow my audience organically through networking and not through dishonest SEO tactics was a good choice. I have lots to learn, but you’ve made this a bit less scary for me in the long run.

    As far as monetizing your content, I would gladly pay for access to in-depth case studies about how you (or others like you) recognize those “pain points” for your clients, and ultimately grow their business through their web presence. What does that process look like from start to finish? What resources must you/they have? How long does it take to see results? These seem to be carefully guarded secrets for most folks… but it is something I bet a lot of people would pay top-dollar for.

    1. Thanks for the comment and the feedback, appreciate it!

  5. I appreciate you going one-on-one with the mic. I’m someone who attempts to make a living with WordPress so I appreciate the ‘iron’ in your words.

    I was impressed enough to want to come to the site, leave a comment and thank you for your work with the podcast. It’s always inspirational and helps me to lift my head up a little when I’m searching for a way forward.

    Whatever you decide to do with the Pro idea, I’m sure it will continue to be ultra useful to those, like me, who look for a calm, considered and business-like angle on the WordPress world.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Paul!

  6. Fantastic podcast! I fit the not a dev not a designer profile. Not sure exactly where I fit in, but this gives me the confidence to keep looking for my niche. I see the big picture and have creative ideas for clients websites. I also host and provide email service. I always enjoy your reports, Matt. Thanks! I think you should have sponsors like WP Engine and Gravity Forms for your podcasts to make $$$. Not an original idea. I know, but I think it would benefit them and therefore you greatly. Dave

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